Knights Stung by Yellowjackets 3-0
Warwick, R.I. – October 15, 2019: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Springfield, MA to take on the American International College (AIC) Yellowjackets JV team. The Knights struggled to command the center of the field and were on the back foot as AIC won the game 3-0. The loss drops CCRI’s season record to 2-10-1 overall.
The Knights continue their struggles with the lack of leadership in the midfield. Communication and command of the midfield has not a strong suit of the team and has led to sub-par performances. Head Coach Gabe Toro has utilized different combinations but the multiple different combinations have not been vocal enough. A lack of a “general” to organize and command the team from inside the field had been on hurdle the Knights have not yet leapt over.
This continues to complicate things for the CCRI defense as they get overloaded and teams come at them with numbers in the attack. “Freshmen defenders Isnaba Namusse (Pawtucket, RI) and Buba Joof (Woonsocket, RI) are solid defenders but asking them to defend against six opponents is not possible” Coach Toro explained.
The Knights at half time were down 2-0 from a pair of goals scored in the 15th and 25th minutes. In the second half, the Knights played better team defense and began to gets shots on target but it was a little too late. In the 57th minute, AIC scored again to seal off the game which ended with a 3-0 score in favor of AIC.
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team will next be in action on Thursday, October 17th at 4:00 p.m. as they travel to Holyoke, MA to take on the Holyoke Community College Cougars.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.